The Polk County Sheriff's Office was awarded state re-accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc., (CFA) during the commission's quarterly meeting held this week in Clearwater (Wednesday, May 23, 2001.) The Sheriff's Office first received state accreditation in May of 1998.
CFA reviews all aspects of an agency's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Participating in the voluntary state re-accreditation process provides the Sheriff's Office with a "quality assurance review," and encourages intense self-scrutiny, resulting in more efficient and effective daily operations.
In order to maintain accredited status from CFA, the Sheriff's Office documented compliance with 260 recognized standards of excellence that have been determined to be the best practices state wide. Part of the proof of compliance included an on-site inspection by a team of professionally trained and experienced assessors who are approved by the board.
"It is apparent the Polk County Sheriff's Office has totally embraced the accreditation concept. . . . The general feeling both team members had was that PCSO does not try to just meet the standards established by CFA, but tries to exceed them," said the lead CFA inspector upon completion of the on-site inspection. "The Polk County Sheriff's Office is an agency that exemplifies the spirit and intent of the accreditation process. To a larger degree than most agencies, PCSO has embraced an attitude that is extremely supportive of accreditation, and views the process as a key to maintaining a high level of professionalism," the inspector wrote in his report.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office currently is a four star accredited agency and is in the process of earning a fifth star for public safety communications (telecommunications/dispatch.) In addition to state CFA re-accreditation received this week, PCSO also holds accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC), and the National Commission for Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).
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